Sword ("da") (with scabbard); made of metal; blade straight on one side, slightly curved on sharp side; blade etched with fighting human figures, leaves; hilt carved with dancing human figures, leaves, knob at end.
- Made in: Burma
- Height: 90 centimetres
- Width: 5 centimetres
- Depth: 4 centimetres
- Weight: 950 grammes
Collection acquired by Lt Col & Mrs W Thyne (Indian Army, Burma Military Police, c.1920-1934).
From Saray Posey: "The text and inscriptions on the sword tell the story of a thief called Pauk Kyaw who came to the lady called Meh Hta and they talked. Pauk Kyaw then kills Meh Hta; (on opposite side) Pauk Kyaw is caught. A man called Maung Sai is also caught and questioned. It is thought [by the authorities] that Maung Sai killed Meh Hta."
20 May 1993
Metalwork: Clean to improve appearance. Remove any polish residues. Investigate surface. Straighten silver fitting on end of handle where pommel is attached, if possible. Consult Organics conservation about reattachment of pommel. Organics: Reattach end of hilt.
Surface of sword and scabbard greasy and dirty. Some small amounts of light tarnish. Some traces of polish residues. The surface of the scabbard and the sword handle has a lacquer coating on it. The pommel has broken away from the end of the sword. The silver metal on the end of the handle has been bent out of shape, preventing the pommel from being reattached.
The scabbard was cleaned and degreased with swabs of IMS. The sword blade was carefully degreased with swabs of IMS. The end of the handle was straightened out as far as possible, be carefully pressing with wooden tools. The handle was then cleaned and degreased with swabs of IMS. The pommel was reattached using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate).
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Object reference number: EAS87201
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